Daniel and Klaus had uncovered the pieces of metal in the field using just a standard metal detector. This was something of a shock to Klaus, who’d been ploughing the area for years. Determined to find out more, then, they decided to borrow an excavator from a neighbor. And digging a trench some 16 feet down, they then found something amazing.
The shards of metal on the surface of the field had just been a taster of what was to come. Digging deeper, they started to find much larger pieces of metal, many of them very well preserved. It became clear that Klaus’ grandfather had been telling the truth. A plane really had crashed just behind the family house.
The pair found a motor as well as what looked like parts of a machine gun. In fact, their search subsequently unearthed a complete engine. They kept digging, uncovering more and more pieces of metal as they did, including bullets from the guns. And it was then that the pair made their most shocking discovery.